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Novel CO2 Gas Sensors for Autonomous Measurement of Ocean Carbon

Company: Dioxide Materials Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOC / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The objective of the proposed work is to determine whether Dioxide Materials' miniature C02 sensors have the potential to be adapted for autonomous measurement of ocean carbon. The existing sensors have many advantages for measurements of ocean carbon. They are much smaller and less costly than… more

Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 and Water to Syngas

Company: Dioxide Materials Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The objective of this project is to move an energy efficient process for the conversion of carbon dioxide and water into syngas, a key feedstock for the production of synthetic chemicals. BENEFIT: If we are successful we will have a new process to convert air water and sunlight into… more

Diamond membrane-based X-ray optics: Fresnel zone plates, beam stops, and grids

Company: Advanced Diamond TechNologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The continuous push towards higher photon energies and higher imaging resolution has brought current state- of-theart X-ray focusing zone plates to a limit of 20 nm resolution at & lt;10 keV photon energies. Zone plates for focusing with same or better resolution at energies up to 25 keV are… more

Nonequilibrium Plasma-Assisted Combustion-Efficiency Control in Vitiated Air

Company: CU Aerospace Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: CU Aerospace (CUA) and team partner the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) propose to perform research, development and demonstration of experimental quenching free measurements of heat-release in a realistic highly turbulent plasma-assisted flame. Kinetics models will be… more

Thermal Protection with Ablative Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester Composites

Company: CU Aerospace Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The primary objective of CU Aerospace"s (CUA) Phase I work will be to fabricate and test aromatic thermosetting copolyester (ATSP) composites for use as ablative thermal protection systems for next generation reentry bodies. Unfortunately, there has been little work put into the development of… more

Dynamic Aircraft Energy Management Optimization Tools

Company: CU Aerospace Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: CU Aerospace (CUA) and team partner the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) propose to perform research, development and demonstration of energy management optimization tools based upon existing UIUC and CUA expertise to expand the operational envelope of military and… more

Microvascular Composites for Novel Thermal Management Devices

Company: CU Aerospace Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Living systems rely on pervasive vascular networks to enable a plurality of biological function, exemplified by natural composite structures that are lightweight, high-strength, and capable of mass and energy transport. In contrast, synthetic composites possess high strength-to-weight… more

Automated Antenna CAD for Installed Performance Assessment and Optimization

Company: Delcross Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Modern military and commercial aircraft include numerous RF systems and associated antennas serving a multitude of functions. The designed free-space performance of these antennas can be degraded by their installation on the airframe due to interactions with the platform, and the co-siting of so… more

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Acceleration for Cosite Interference Prediction Tools

Company: Delcross Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Modern military systems contain numerous avionics and electronic systems that must perform to very high standards in hostile environments in the presence of numerous potential sources of electromagnetic interference (EMI). On airborne platforms for example, there could be dozens of RF systems… more

Rapid and Accurate High-Resolution Radar Signature Prediction of Sea Targets

Company: Delcross Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Radar signatures of small boats and ships are inherently complex due to their myriad topside features: railings, antennas, masts, ladders, armaments, pilot stations, outboard engines, storage bins, etc. In boats, the use of fiberglass and other radar-penetrable materials for hulls and decks further… more

Real-time, continuous and quantitative detection of bioavailable radionuclides and heavy metals in contaminated water at DOE sites

Company: ANDalyze Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Quantitative, real-time detection of hazardous metal ions on-site is an important goal and remains a significant challenge while monitoring sources such as potable, ground, surface and industrial waters. Quantitative analysis of trace elements is predominantly done by sending the samples to a… more

Development of Adaptive Vorticity Confinement Based CFD Methodology for Rotorcraft Applications

Company: IllinoisRocstar LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The accurate representation of the rotor wake, especially the tip vortex structure, in a computationally efficient and algorithmically straight forward way is crucial for prediction of rotor aerodynamic performance, noise emission, and rotor structural dynamics. A promising approach for design and… more

High Performance Nanopillar Optical Antenna Avalanche Detector Operating at 1.06um

Company: Illinois Applied Research Associates LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: In this Phase II SBIR program, Illinois Applied Research Associates will design, manufacture, and test a 1.06 um optimized Linear Mode (LM) avalanche photodiode (APD) array. The array will be electrically and optically characterized and will be tested for environmental and application constraints… more

Algorithmically Accelerated Iterative Reconstruction for Fast and Cost-Effective CT-based Explosive Detection Equipment

Company: INSTARECON INC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DHS / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Accurate, realtime detection of explosives is a demanding application. High detection accuracy with a low false positive rate is desired. Noise and artifacts in reconstructed images, especially in the presence of metal, degrade the ability of detection algorithms to identify object's shape, volume,… more

Direct Injection Systems for Improved Performance, Durability, and Economy

Company: Kinetic BEI, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Kinetic BEI, LLC. proposes a dual path approach to fulfilling the need for a direct injected heavy fuel delivery system for engines under 200 Hp. The primary focus will be to advance the Miniature CI Fuel Injection System, a system whose individual components have been demonstrated in on-engine… more

Performance-Based Simulation Certification (SIMCERT) System

Company: Lumir Research Institute, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Lumir is developing Sim MD, a multi-dimensional simulation certification system to assess training capabilities of LVC or DMO combat mission training and rehearsal systems. Sim MD provides ready access to valuable data without risk of technical, methodological or political challenges. At… more

PATTRN: Predicting, Analyzing and Tracking Training Readiness and Needs

Company: Lumir Research Institute, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Lumir is developing the Predicting, Analyzing, and Tracking Training Readiness and Needs (PATTRN) system, a comprehensive multi-format capable data collection, processing, tagging, and storage system which enables users to predict the most effective future training situation(s) for a… more

High-Power Vertical-Junction Field-Effect Transistors Fabricated on Low-Dislocation-Density GaN by Epitaxial Lift-Off

Company: MicroLink Devices Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: In this program, we will develop a breakthrough technology that will enable wafer-scale epitaxial lift-off (ELO) of GaN power device heterostructures from low-dislocation-density bulk GaN substrates. This technology will be used to provide a low-cost vertical junction field effect transistors… more

Quantum and Nanostructure Enhanced Epitaxial Lift-Off Solar Cells

Company: MicroLink Devices Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: MicroLink and its collaborators, Rochester Institute of Technology and Magnolia Solar, will develop a high-efficiency, single-junction, epitaxial lift-off (ELO) GaAs solar cell by incorporating nano-scale features, such as quantum dots and optically functional textures, within the solar… more

Increasing the Specific Power of Epitaxial Lift-Off Solar Cells for Cost-Effective, High-Efficiency, Flexible Photovoltaics

Company: MicroLink Devices Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: MicroLink Devices has developed, and is currently producing, thin epitaxial lift-off inverted metamorphic solar cells for flexible solar sheets using a four-inch GaAs wafer platform. These cells have been demonstrated in a variety of applications including panels attached to Marines"backpacks… more

Ultra-Lightweight, High-Efficiency Epitaxial Lift-Off Solar Cells and Arrays

Company: MicroLink Devices Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: MicroLink Devices and the University of Notre Dame propose to develop an ultra-lightweight, high-efficiency, GaAs-based, multi-junction solar cell that will be suitable for use in future platforms requiring very high specific power (>3.0 kW/kg) and very high areal power density (>370 W/m2). We… more

Array Packaging of High Power, High Efficiency, Quantum Cascade Lasers

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The use of directed energy at long distances, such as for aircraft defense, requires a high power (>100 W) light source within the mid-infrared spectral region (3-5 micron). Power scaling of individual quantum cascade lasers using 1-D and 2-D arrays seems to be a straightforward approach. However… more

Design and fabrication of a 30T superconducting soleNoid using hyperbaric processed Bi2212 round wire

Company: Muons, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: High field magnets are needed for frontier accelerator facilities and have many applications beyond high-energy physics. Of particular interest are 30-40T class (LTS/HTS hybrid) solenoids required for the final beam cooling stages of a muon collider facility. The successful design of such magnets… more

Long life radio frequency surface plasma source

Company: Muons, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The development of H- ion sources with highest performance is essential for the success of the next generation of high power proton accelerators. Project X at Fermilab needs a CW H- Ion Source that satisfies demanding performance specifications: 10 mA CW beam current with normalized transverse rms… more

High-Speed Electronically Tunable Multi Fiber-Optic Wavelength Filter based on Ultra-High-Resolution Super-Compact Grating on Silicon-Photonic Platfor

Company: OptoNet Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The proposed project will undertake the research, design, and development of key concepts and technologies for a high-speed electronically tunable channel filter, based on monolithically integrated ultra-high-resolution super-compact grating (UHR-SCG) technology that has been developed in OptoNet.… more